Protemnodon otibandus Plane, 1967

Giant wallaby, Otibanda wallaby (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Protemnodon chinchillaensis Bartholomai, 1973 [synonymised by Kerr et al., 2024:169,187]


Conservation Status




New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Plane, Michael Dudley. (1967). Stratigraphy and Vertebrate Fauna of the Otibanda Formation, New Guinea. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics 86: 1-69.


Other references:

Bartholomai, A. (1973). The genus Protemnodon Owen (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) in the Upper Cainozoic deposits of Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16(3): 309-363.


Jones, Billie, Janis, Christine and Rayfield, Emily. (2020). Limb proportions indicate Protemnodon’s locomotion was divergent from modern large macropodines. Poster presentation (abstract), p. 46. In: Progressive Palaeontology 2020 Abstract Booklet.

Kerr, Isaac A. R., Camens, Aaron B., van Zoelen, Jacob D., Worthy, Trevor H. and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2024). Systematics and palaeobiology of kangaroos of the late Cenozoic genus Protemnodon (Marsupialia, Macropodidae). Megataxa 11(1): 1-261.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1975). Index to the genera and species of fossil Mammalia described from Australia and New Guinea between 1838 and 1968. Western Australian Museum Special Publication 6: 1-250.

Plane, Michael Dudley. (1976). The occurrence of [i]Thylacinus[/i] in Tertiary rocks from Papua New Guinea. Australian Bureau of Mineral Resources Journal of Geology and Geophysics 1(1): 78-79.

Stirton, R. A. (1963). A Review of the Macropodid Genus Protemnodon. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 44: 97-162. [pp. 97-161?]


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